Guyana suffer heavy defeat, skipper calls for bigger effort next match

Centurion, South Africa: Guyana's cricketers will have to "learn and learn quickly" if they are to be competitive in the three remaining matches and push for a spot in the semi-finals of the Airtel Champions League T20 competition.

Sarwan's Amazon Conquerors suffered a heavy defeat by nine wickets in their Group B debut at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore at Supersports Park, Centurion, near Pretoria. They will have an equally big challenge when they face the star-studded Mumbai Indians on Thursday at Kingsmead in Durban.

Reflecting on Sunday’s outing Sarwan noted: “These are inexperienced players and this is the biggest match with the biggest crowd they would have ever played in but we should have done a lot better with the bat but now we have to learn and try to improve in our next games.”

The former Windies skipper added: “We did not get any momentum when we were batting, and there were no significant partnerships, so we did not score enough runs, and our backs were always against the wall. We did not stick to the plan at all and got bogged down. We batted badly and wasted too many dot balls. We spoke about the extra pace and bounce in the pitches that we would face here but while there was a bit of bounce the pitch was a really good one to bat on and we lost the game long before it was over because of the way we batted.”

The hero for Bangalore was Jacques Kallis took 3-16 from his four overs as they bowled out Guyana for 103 off the last ball of the 20th over. He then made a classy 43 not out as his side raced to 106-1 in the 12th over. Christopher Barnwell was the only one who managed to put together any kind of innings as he made 30 from 35 balls.

Guyana needed a brilliant bowling effort to restrict Bangalore but it never happened. Kallis and Rahul Dravid took the score to 78 in the 11th over before Dravid was bowled by Royston Crandon for 39. Then Robin Uthappa came in and smashed two fours and two sixes to make 25 off eight balls to seal the deal.